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Article 17 - July 12, 2010
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Roaring 2010

By Jessica Lynn Harris

     Last summer, I bought a dress at H&M that could, if not for the quality fabric and production, have fronted as a Bonnie Parker costume. The dress, hemmed at mid-thigh, was made of soft, silver jersey with a simple scooped neck and horizontal layers of fringe. A year later, it has become my not only my most fun, but safest dress. While perhaps a bit too referential, it fits my petite frame comfortably, moves with perfect ease, and compliments my boy-short teased bleached hair. I’ve worn it to family functions, nightclubs, and out to dinner. Each time, it has been a success among the ladies, gentlemen, and children. At a banquet, the Charleston was played in my honor, which started a trend. People were dancing to a step that has been outdated for decades. 


     Almost a century later, the fashions of the 1920s are reemerging. Bobbed hair, cloche hats, and loose, frame-fitting dresses are now in vogue. Long strands of imitation pearls and beaded necklaces, as well as feathered headpieces have again become regular accessories in women’s clothing stores.


     1920s women’s fashion is known for a newfound freedom from more confining bodices and structured garments of earlier periods. This change in fashion reflects the social change of the period--in 1921 in the US women won the right to vote. Beading, fringe, pearls and silver screen sophistication seem forever interwoven with speakeasies, gangsters, and all that jazz, which together come to create our fantasy of the decade of decadence. 


     Interestingly, while our current state of economic recession is more closely linked to the Great Depression of the 1930s, designers are taking to the twenties for inspiration. The 2008 runways found flappers and zoot suits aplenty. By now, twenties inspired clothes have moved from the runway to department stores where looks can be purchased at a more reasonable price. So be the cat’s meow. Rouge your lips, coal your eyes, and shimmy in your fringe. 

You can read more about designers inspired by twenties’ fashion here. (link on word here:


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